Safe skiing

(KTSF by Susanna Lee)

Skiing is a popular winter sport which involves potentially higher risks of injury. But they can be minimized if precautions are taken seriously.

Skiing requires strength, and therefore is not for those feeling tired or not feeling well. One should have enough sleep the night before hitting the mountains.

It takes different body muscles to help us turn and maneuver while skiing; in addition to warming up exercises, regular body training in endurance, muscle strength, balance and flexibility would be very helpful. Chiropractor  Harris Meyer of Body Health Focus, suggests that skiers start training in exercises simulating ski movements at least a week before skiing. Jumping exercises, side-to-side movements and ballistic exercises will help one get in shape, he says.

Expert or novice, it is advised that everyone wears protective gear including helmets, protective pads for knees and wrists.

If one unfortunately gets injured, and there’s redness, swelling,  a sense of burning sensation in the injured area, consult a doctor immediately. Dr. Meyer cautions that even as common as an ankle sprain  could lead to a more serious situation in the long run if left unattended; it could impair the way one walks such that could result in a  limp or a need for a crutch or cane for assistance. That could in turn affect other body parts and eventually, the spine.

Knowing your limits and abiding by the rules of the sport as well as the ski resorts, are also key to safe skiing.

(Copyright 2011 KTSF.  All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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